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July 18, 2021
Baby quilt 1 is finished and gifted; Baby quilt 2 is done and almost gifted! from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

Yay! So many things got in my way of completing Baby Quilt 1, but it was finished AN ENTIRE 2 WEEKS before the baby shower last month!

There is nothing remarkable about this quilt other than it is DONE. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I’ve allowed interruptions and distractions get in my way, and about 7 weeks ago on a Sunday I told the Hubs, “You go on; I have to finish this.” By the time he returned it was completed and I had moved on to work on a receiving blanket. 

Here’s the ...

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July 14, 2021
Ships Ahoy Baby Quilt from Just One Charm Pack Quilts Book! from Busy Hands Quilts

Today I'm excited to share a sweet Ships Ahoy baby quilt with you!  This quilt pattern is included in Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs brand-new book called Just One Charm Pack Quilts, and today is my stop on the book hop!  

The Book Hop runs through Thursday, July 29th, so be sure to head over to Meadow Mist Designs and sign up to receive blog post emails so you are sure you don't miss any of the featured quilts.  There are so many designs you don't want to miss.  :)

Welcome to Readers New and Seasoned!

If this ...

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July 9, 2021
Butterfly Finish from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Not too long ago, I shared I had helped myself to some intriguing scraps I found in some bins at a friend's house.  They were bright and seemingly already cut to size to make some log cabin blocks.

Using all the scraps, I was able to finish up a total of nine blocks like the one above.  
Just enough for a baby quilt.

I dug around in my stash and found this low volume print for a background.  I wanted about a 40" square quilt so after a bit of math, I decided on a 3.5" sashing around ...

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July 3, 2021
Announcing a Really Big Adventure for the Studio - And for us...! from Quilting Studio Adventures

 After 35 years in this stucco bungalow in LaGrange and 15 years in this lovely studio, we are moving.  We bought a condo in OakBrook (we thought it was in Westmont) and this house is on the market as of this afternoon.  The past few weeks have been busy, but of course I've been sewing with a deep appreciation of what I've had for the past years.  These final days in this studio are sweet ones.

I have always loved log cabins, and this bundle of Japanese canvas linens seems perfect for this block.  I’m making this ...

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June 18, 2021
Playing with Scraps First from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Earlier this month I posted that I was working on a quilt using some precuts for the Fat Quarter Shop.

Once I finished up the cutting and pieced the top together for the shortcut pattern, I immediately had to play with the scraps!  Of course I did!!

I used all the leftover "strings" to make some striped blocks and alternated them with some trimmed extra squares and made a sweet little baby quilt.

It isn't very big - I think it measures about 36" square.

When I have a bunch of scraps like this from the same fabric collection, I ...

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June 1, 2021
Progress! And a little tip. from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

 Baby quilt 1 ("Palate Cleanser") is coming along.

The baby quilt has only the top and bottom borders left to be quilted and then the binding. I quilted it on The Beaut with an edge-to-edge design from Designs by Juju (NAYY). It has not been without struggles, but for the most part it has gone well and I am pleased. I'm figuring out what I'll do on the top and bottom borders and hope to finish it next weekend.

So here's a tip that has helped me: Franken-batting. If you haven’t heard this phrase then you ...

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May 30, 2021
Two Finishes and some BOM Blocks from The Cozy Quilter

It has been a while since I have had a finished project to share on my blog (besides placemats), and this week, I have two!  This blue colour block quilt is made from 2.5" squares from my blue scrap bin.  I found some really fun crayon fabric for the backing and even added a label already, even though I have not written on it yet.  This quilt will be set aside for a future baby gift. Most of the fabrics repeat in the quilt so lots of fun to be had for some little one trying to find the ...

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May 17, 2021
…and, we’re back. from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

It’s becoming clear to me that 2021, not 2020, is the Year of Chaos for the Hubs and myself.

We were a week prior to our planned AWAY vacay, and chaos struck again. 

I was returning home from a day at the office. I called the Hubs and let him know I was on my way; was it ok if we heated up leftovers for dinner? He had no problem with it.

I pulled into the parking lot, got out of the car and he whipped in beside me. He got out of his truck and said, “I need ...

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May 6, 2021
It's All About the Face: Part 2 - Dave and Emma from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

In an effort to be mindful in sharing my process with you, I'll show my progress on the projects instead of waiting to do the big reveal.

I was reading about the process pledge and getting a better understanding of it. In past blog posts I typically share the project after it's completed and talk about its journey at the same time. The posts get long-winded and it's no wonder so many people prefer Instagram over blogs. SEE THE PRETTY AND MOVE ON!

But I want a journal of my work in the hopes that someone in ...

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April 29, 2021
Baby quilt 1 is officially a flimsy! from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

That didn't take long! And another reason why I call it a palate cleanser.

I promise I'm working on the's much brighter than what you see here.

Monday was my day off from work and I had a lot of to-do things, but I managed to get the other two borders on the baby quilt. I'm looking through my stash for appropriate backing, but I'm going to wait a couple of days; we're hoping to know the baby's gender by Wednesday.

While it was on the design wall, I got an ...

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April 26, 2021
Monday morning design wall from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

Just to mark progress...

I didn't get to work much on the baby quilt this past weekend. Other stuff to do; mostly taxes. Thank goodness, that's done. I told the Hubs when I finished it up Saturday evening that it's a lot more exhausting (and expensive) than it used to be. One of the perks of aging, I suppose.

By Sunday we had a hiccup in what we had planned because Saturday night the plumbing under our kitchen sink fell apart. I still have a sink and dishwasher full of dishes waiting to be done because we ...

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Design Wall Monday + Tuesday's To-Do List: Giverney Teleidoscope is Nearly a Flimsy from Cheeky Cognoscenti

As of Sunday night, here's what Anders' high school graduation quilt looks like on my design wall:

All Nine Rows Completed!

All of my 11" kaleidoscope blocks now have their corners attached, and they are all sewn together into nine horizontal rows with their points matching up neatly at the seam lines.  Now all I need to do is to sew those rows together into a finished quilt top (or "flimsy") before I can load it onto my long arm frame for quilting.  My One (Two!) Monthly Goal(s) for April was(were) to finish piecing this kaleidoscope quilt ...

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April 24, 2021
Hand Quilting Time from Quilty Folk

It seems to be all that I can do to work in a just a little bit of hand quilting time lately. Life is just busy, busy for us right now! My brain is missing the relaxation of hand work so much, but what do you do?

Sweet Hospitality in the hoop

I couldn't decide how to stitch the pineapple quilt until one day it occurred to me to try the freehand 'hills' look again. Really takes the pressure off to do something amazing with it, but as usual, I was on pins and needles until finishing up the ...

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April 22, 2021
The newest member of the flock from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

 Meet Mahalo.

On my birthday I had to work for about an hour. The birds live in our living room/office. Meli, Malaki and MokoTu had been on top of the cage facing the window and conversing. A few moments later, Meli ran to the front of the cage and started looking around and chirping...and I knew he was searching for Moko. It broke my heart.

The next morning we brought home Mahalo from a non-big box pet store. That was a great experience.

He is still a bit skittish but he is getting along well with the others ...

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April 21, 2021
Castle Dreams Quilt Pattern - The Sweet Baby One! from Busy Hands Quilts

This amazing Castle Dreams Baby quilt was made by Becky in sports-themed fabrics for the win!

The Castle Dreams quilt pattern is available in the Busy Hands Quilts shop!

You'll find sports-themed fabrics right here

Castle Dreams is a layer-cake friendly quilt pattern.  Add in yardage of three fabrics plus the background, and you're set!  It looks like Becky used the sky and the wood of a basketball court!  Such nice touches.

Castle Dreams includes 6 sizes - Baby, Lap, Throw, Twin, Queen, and King.

The Castle Dreams quilt pattern is available in the Busy Hands Quilts shop!

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This week’s palate cleanser from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter a baby quilt.

When I’m working on a labor-intensive project, my brain wants to start something new. I’m continuing on with my class projects, but I need a little break.

Babies are on the way and I need to make at least two baby quilts. Our daughter announced that we will be great-grandparents in September. I want to make 7 for the great-grand—one for every day of the week! Let's see if that happens. And a neighbor is expecting, so I want to make one for her. First baby quilt will be a modified version ...

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April 19, 2021
Eugenie Baby Quilt - NEW PATTERN RELEASE! from DaySpringQuilter

I've just finished this quilt, and the final draft of the pattern.  It has now been uploaded to my Etsy shop.  Check it out!

Eugenie baby quilt

Eugenie Baby Quilt - Etsy Shop

I've got a few more in the works that will be making an appearance soon.  Until then, I hope you enjoy this pattern.  If you make one please use the hashtag #eugeniequilt so I can see yours.

Until next time,


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April 9, 2021
SOPHIE IS SUCH A SWEETIE from Kwilty Pleasures

I actually forgot all about this baby quilt!
I made it for a friend who was gonna be a first time Gramma!

I knew Kim (gramma) likes Winnie the Pooh
and just sew happened, I had some in my stash.

This is the Perfect Ten pattern, by Swirly Girl Designs.

This top is my GO-TO baby quilt pattern.
It's simpler than it looks to make
and uses novelty prints sew well.

And the back was pretty simple.
I couldn't believe I had this polka dot print in my stash.
Let alone, enough for backing!
I always like to ...

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April 6, 2021
Circle in a square baby quilt from Granny Maud's Girl

My lovely neighbours have another grandson (their fifth!), and I again offered to make a quilt.

As before, I invited the baby’s grandmother into my sewing room to choose some starter fabrics and pattern ideas. We agreed to use a lot of the same fabrics that I included in the earlier baby quilt for the same family, but this time she spotted and fell in love with a monkey print, so I added green to the blues.

Hand-made baby quilt in blues and greens

The baby’s grandmother was keen to include the monkey print.

The idea for this quilt came from the centre of an ...

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March 31, 2021
A BEACHY WONDER from Kwilty Pleasures

It was a kinda bright day at the beach,
but this baby quilt made with
Kate and Birdie ‘WONDER’ 
Had to be photographed at the BEACH!

The thing is the colors were totally lost
Whe I tried to lay the top on the sandy beach.
Sew this is what I did.

This is a public beach boardwalk entrance.

A shadier close up

A private park along the Intercostal Waterway.

And yep...I am a true trespasser! 

Bit I want the pictures I want 

I WONDER if you would bail me out if I am 
ever arrested for BEACHY trespassing?  

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